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We try out 12 of the best waterproof mascaras for you

By Rachel Fiddes

Published 13/07/2016

Brushing up: holiday-proof mascaras for glamour on the go
Brushing up: holiday-proof mascaras for glamour on the go

Keep your peepers looking perfect no matter what life, or the weather, throws at you.

1. Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara Catch & Curl: £18 for 8ml, Eyeko

A flattened out and curved wand gives this mascara the edge when it comes to separating and catching every last lash and sweeping them up into the perfect curl. “The triple gel coating adheres to lashes to prevent smudging and flaking under extreme sport conditions” claims the brand. This blacker than black, high shine nourishing mascara really does last the distance and holds its own in hot, humid and sweaty situations.

2. Rimmel Wonder’Full Mascara Waterproof with Argan Oil: £7.99 for 11ml, Boots

Ultra-defined and relatively long bristles on this brush tease out every last lash. It’s a rubbery silicon style wand, but behaves more like a normal bristle brush picking up just the right amount of product, without feeling too wet. The flexible brush keeps hold of lashes from root to tip. No budging under watery conditions at all.

3. Revlon Volume + Length Magnified Mascara Waterproof: £9.99 for 8.5ml, Boots

These new Revlon mascaras come in several variations including Dramatic Definition, Super Length, Ultra Volume and Ultimate All-In-One. The waterproof version of Volume + Length Magnified has a wide, full, bristly brush that picks up just enough product without feeling too wet and separates lashes perfectly, with no clumping.

4. Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara: £20 for 5.5ml, Bobbi Brown

Another one with a wide thick bristle brush, this one boosts volume and length and curls the lashes. It also has serious staying power — the brand says 10 hours and mine lasted even longer. So you will need a decent cleanser to remove it, oil-based ones are very good. A combination of soft bristles to volumise and stiff bristles to act like a comb and separate lashes, makes this quick and easy to use — just a couple of sweeps and it’s done.

5. Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Waterproof Mascara: £7.99 for 9.7ml, Boots

A long wide comb wand with relatively short rubber bristles — it doesn’t appear to be anything special, that is until you start using it. This one picks up a lot of product (and it’s an intense full-on black) but manages to distribute it incredibly evenly over the lashes for gravity-defying volume and length. This is Maybelline’s first Push-Up brush — the cup-shaped bristles boost and thicken, while a styling wax ingredient keeps lashes lifted and in place.

6. Max Factor 2000 Calorie Waterproof Volume: £7.99 for 9ml, Superdrug

This one has a simple, but extremely effective, ultra-volumising bristle brush. It’s actually slightly slimmer than normal wands — making easy work of getting into the corners of the eyes and defining tiny lashes. Pull out those lashes from the outer corners to give an elongated, wide-eyed, feline look.

7. Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara: £17 for 8ml, Too Faced

The eternally popular Better Than Sex, now comes in a waterproof option. The hourglass-shaped brush thickens lengthens and curls for extreme, dramatic lashes. You can layer up to three times without clumping or clogging if you want to go for an intense false-lash effect.

8. Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Custom-Wear Volume Mascara: £23.50 for 5.2g, Lancome

An award-winning cult classic, the Hypnose brush looks extra bristly and according to Lancome has a whopping 1,000 bristles for a full-on volumising effect. The product itself is fairly light, which means you can build it up — each layer can intensify lash volume by six times — without clumping or clogging. And it picks up the right amount of product and distributes it evenly — separating and defining even tiny lashes.

9. MAC In Extreme Dimension Waterproof Lash: £19 for 13.39g, MAC Cosmetics

Non-clumping, flake-proof, smudge-proof and good for sensitive eyes and contact lens-wearers, this lengthening, volumising, curling mascara has tiny evenly spaced bristles for great separation and definition. The long wand and short bristles also keeps the product near the base of the lashes for extra volume.

10. Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara: £21.50 for 7ml, Boots

We think this is the perfect summer mascara. It’s made with bitter orange tree wax and squalene from olives to protect lashes from the damaging effects of salt water and chlorine, and to nourish and condition. It has a soft and wide wand — the ultra-supple bristle fibres grip the lashes from root to tip to define each and every one without clogging.

11. Givenchy Noir Couture Volume Waterproof: £25 for 8g, Debenhams

This is enriched with resin and polymers to create a supple and water-resistant film that prevents the colour shifting. The wide barrel brush creates volume and length, while the tapered end means you can get into tiny corner lashes and pick out and define individual lashes. This is the perfectionist’s wand for those who spend a long time perfecting every lash.

12. Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara: £17.50 for 8ml, Clinique

This one’s lash-lengthening polymer base immediately builds volume, while the solid, stiff fibres that are widely spaced apart help comb through the lashes for a dramatic lash look. No flaking, clumping or smudging here and this one is good for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

VERDICT

Revlon and Rimmel are unbeatable if you’re on a budget and Bobbi Brown for high-end luxury waterproofing. But for sheer performance, and high shine blacker than black, Eyeko is superb

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